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I HAVE HEARTBURN – WHAT CAN I DO?

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I HAVE HEARTBURN – WHAT CAN I DO?

Heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. (GERD)

If you have had a burning sensation in the center of your chest, that happens after you eat, when bending over or when you lie down at night. You have experienced Gerd (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) sometimes referred to as Heartburn. This name however, has nothing to do with your heart.

When you swallow, food passes down your throat through your esophagus to your stomach. The lower esophageal sphinter (a muscle), tightly closes the opening between the esophagus and the stomach.

When this muscle fails to close, the stomach contents can travel up, and the stomach acid gets into the lower part of the esophagus and causes a burning sensation.

There are a few things that can cause Heartburn.

1. The size of the meal you eat

2. The position of your body after a meal

3. The type of foods you eat.

What can we do about it?

Here are a few ways that will help:

  1. Raise the head of your bed by about six inches so that gravity will help to keep the stomach’s contents in the stomach. (Do not use piles of pillows because this puts your body into a bent position that actually makes the condition worse by increasing pressure on your abdomen.)

2. Eat meals at least three to four hours before lying down, and avoid bedtime snacks.

3. Eat moderate portions of food and smaller meals.

4. Cut down on fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, coffee, tea, colas, and alcohol — all of these relax the lower esophageal sphincter.

5. Avoid tomatoes and citrus fruits or juices, which has additional acid that can irritate the esophagus.

6. Stop smoking, this also relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter.

7. Wear loose fitting clothing. https:

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